From Taos, Mark and I went to check out Carole’s beautiful adobe dome that I’d heard so much about. It’s set next to national forest in an area of the desert full of people living off the grid in intriguing shelters.
Created using various wall systems, the dome ceiling itself is made of adobe bricks. Cob additions were added through later workshops, including this very sweet sleeping nook.
One night we sat in the outdoor seating area in a metal tub surrounded with cob, and heated by fire. I love a hot tub that involves building a fire, and it was still warm in the morning. From there, we watched a lightning storm play over the skyline of Taos.
I’ve been gathering so many interviews, I needed to take a moment and see how the transcription end of things would go. The dome time was a good one to find out. It lends itself to peaceful but creative inspiration. I worked beneath a giant spiraling rainbow mural.
Turns out it takes about six minutes of work for every minute of interview. Phew.
We took a break from that and checked out the nearby earthships.
They actually have a very high end feel once they’re finished…often using nice earthen plasters.
Most interesting to me was the way that they catch rain water and then use it throughout the house, first as grey water, then black, then, after another filtering process, it’s used in the outdoor landscaping.